Odds On Racing and Odds On Acres hope to provide the website visitor and with a virtual plethora of information regarding veterinarian medicine & how it relates to the racing and breeding of Standardbred. Below you will find a wide range of topics, with stories included under each heading.
Keeping Horses Healthy
February 1, 2007
With outbreaks of EVA occuring daily throughout North America, horse owners are being encouraged to vaccine for this troublesome virus. Click on this link to read about Equine Viral Arteritis:
Article excerpt: The greatest danger to horses infected with EVA is abortion in pregnant mares. It is also possible, although rare, for a foal to be carried to term while infected with the disease. Typcially weak, the foals can die within a few days of birth. For more information, contact the Gluck Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky at
Update on Milkshaking & TCO2 Testing
"Milkshaking" continues to be one of the most controversial subjects within the Standardbred industry after first being recognized as a problem
in the late 1980s.
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EIA—Swamp Fever & the Coggins Test
March 24, 2005
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Horses Euthanized at Northville Downs
December 28, 2004
At least two horses at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanized. To read the full story,
click on this link: http://www.thehorse.com/
West Nile Virus (WNV) Vaccine Awaiting USDA Review
December 13, 2004
A new vaccine that would protect horses against West Nile Virus has been submitted to the USDA for review, and if approved, would be the first effective vaccine available for public use. Fort Dodge Animal Health has developed the vaccine, that includes two major components: one is a segment of DNA that codes for a pair of West Nile proteins, while the other stimulates a horse's immune response. DNA vaccines are in the infancy stages when it comes to veterinary medicine--the first was brought to the forefront of research in 1992.
Prospective vaccines must be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for potency, efficacy, safety and purity of content, as well as the ability to be safely handled by human beings, and safety in terms of both to equines and the environment. Doses of the WNV vaccine, if approved would be given three to four weeks apart initially.
||Duane Wilcox & Pete Langley|
These two veterinarians service all of the Odds On Racing equines housed at Odds On acres in Crete, Illinois on a daily basis.
Equine General Health, Diagnosis and Treatments
General information regarding the overall well being of your horse.
Part of the fun & magic of harness racing occurs before a trotter or pacer ever sets foot on the racetrack. It begins in the breeding shed. For nearly 150 years, refining the Standardbred has been a mystery & challenge to horsemen worldwide. Read More
Horses-just like human beings-suffer from a wide range of illnesses and maladies that can strike at anytime. Foals, two-year-olds in training, old campaigners and broodmares and stallions are all subject to a variety of career-ending or life-threatening illnesses. Read More
Drugs and Drug Testing
There are a wide variety of medications, which are used on today's racehorses and in the breeding shed. From common drugs such as "bute" and "lasix" to joint injections such as hylaronic acid and other synovial fluid replacement treatments, equine medicinal remedies are, in most cases, either human drugs or derivatives of human drugs.
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Medical Procedures & Devices
Equine medicine is constantly progressing, evolving and changing. Procedures that were commonplace a few decades ago are often now considered obsolete. The practice of equine medicine and the use of various devices and techniques such as an ultrasound machine, the tracheal scope, artificial insemination, magnetic therapy, acupuncture, and shock wave machines have revolutionized the horse racing industry.
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Physical therapy in horses covers a wide range of topics, depending upon the injury a horse has sustained and what he or she is being used for. From hand-walking to stretching and swimming, to resistance swimming and treadmills, the types of therapies are endless. Equine sports medicine uses a variety of therapies on equine athletes, and new techniques are constantly being discovered and tried, in this relatively young field.
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Race Related Injuries
Injuries sustained by racing Standardbreds are endless. Broken splint bones, shattered pasterns, bowed tendons, curbs, hairline fractures, broken coffin bones, OCDs, and complex bone fractures are the nature of the business.
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